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In Heresy in the University, Jacques Berlinerblau provides an exegesis of the contents of Black Athena, making it accessible to a wider audience. As he clarifies and restates Bernal's opus, Berlinerblau identifies Bernal's flaws in reasoning and gaps in evidence. He cuts to the heart of Bernal's prose, singling out the key points of Bernal's argument, explaining and arranging them in a cogent manner. Berlinerblau addresses the critics' really important objections, including his own, and links each of them to the appropriate substantive argument in Black Athena. He goes beyond simple summary and exposition to present the underlying --stated and unstated--agendas of Bernal and his critics. Ultimately, he exposes both sides and asks what the flawed reasoning from all concerned reveals about the stakes in this key academic dispute and what that, in turn, says about the modern academy.
Jacques Berlinerblau is an assistant professor and director of Judaic studies at Hofstra University.
|Introduction. Epistemological Canyons: The Anomic Academy||1|
|Pt. 1||The Historical Argument|
|1||The Ancient Model: Hard Moderns versus Idiosyncratic Ancient||23|
|2||The Revised Ancient Model: The Heretic's Cocktail||39|
|3||The Aryan Models||59|
|Pt. 2||The Sociological Argument|
|5||The Antinomies of Martin Bernal||93|
|6||A "Total Contestation" of the Research University: "Beware the Nonspecialist"||110|
|Pt. 3||Black Athena and the Culture Wars|
|7||The Academic Elvis||133|
|8||Reconfiguring the Ancient Egyptians: Bernal's Strategic Reading||147|
|9||Contentious Communities: "Blacks and Jews" and Black Athens||162|
|Conclusion. We Scholars: Heresy in the University/ Intellectual Responsibility/Passionate Ambivalence||178|